Quinceaneras Dresses - complete guide
The dress is the most important accessory of the Quinceañera festival. Wearing the perfect dress will make the young quinceanera feel like the princess she is. We all know how quinceaneras dresses are not cheap but if you’re going to save money, then it’s best to do it in another place. If the dress is perfect, then so will the “quince” be perfect. Nothing makes a young girl feel more like a princess than wearing a dress she loves, that reflects her personality and connects her womanhood to those special people in her life. It’s a symbol of her blossoming into the beautiful flower that she is becoming and that is what the quinceanera is all about.
This page will help you find that special flower among the many beautiful dresses out there. There are many things you should watch out for and keep in mind when choosing a dress especially for this once in a lifetime event. But most of all, you should enjoy it. It is perhaps the most fun part of the preparation of the Quinceañera. You only have one 15th birthday so you may as well enjoy your “little wedding”.
Before giving you numbers I have an important tip for you:
First choose the best and most beautiful selection of dresses and only after that, look at the prices. I’m not saying you shouldn’t care about the price (wouldn’t that be nice). But if you start with money and price tags in mind, then that might color your choice. Always think about what you want first, and then start looking for the lowest prices of it. We all have to watch our expenses but it’s important to know WHEN to think about them. Besides, you can never know for sure if you won’t find a special offer or some other way of lowering the price of that dream dress.
Remember that, in addition to the dress price you may have costs like alterations, shipping and accessories (often the petticoat needs to be bought separately as well).
Looking at a number of different online shops that sell quinceaneras dresses, you’ll notice a typical price range between $200 and $500. If you find one on sale it can go down to about $100 but you can also find very elaborate dresses for over $700. Then, just as with wedding dresses, some shops make custom dresses to suit your wishes exactly. The cost of this isn’t necessarily greater than buying a dress from their stock so it’s worth asking various stores about custom dresses.
As much as the prices vary from one dress to
another, so does the quality. Don’t expect to find the dress of your dreams for
$99. Even if it looks great in the catalogue or on the website, chances are the
fabrics are not as good and they’re probably not even hand made. On the other
hand, just because a dress is expensive and the website looks really classy
doesn’t guarantee a high quality by itself. Generally, though, the price is
more or less proportional to the quality of the dress. Meaning: The better the dress, the higher the price.
The Quinceanera Festival is also sometimes called the “little wedding”. And the style of dress is reflective of this. Though not necessarily white like a bridal gown, the quinceaneras dress is usually a full ball gown that, if it is white, could easily be mistaken for a bridal gown.
In modern times, there are more people who keep the dress more simple. They go for something shorter and less full but I often wonder what’s the point. A girl doesn’t get many opportunities in her life to look and feel like a princess. The quinceanera is one of those occasions and it would be a great shame to spoil that by wearing a bridesmaid style dress or just looking like she could be one of the guests. So I definitely recommend going for the princess style ball gown, the one that comes straight from your dreams or fairy tales.
Unlike your wedding, here you can really choose
from many different colors. Of course, having a black quinceanera dress really
would be pushing it into the dark zone. But most light or pastel colors are a
great choice. You can, and many people do, go for a white dress but remember
that you’ll not have the same choice of colors at your wedding and then you might wish
you had had a different color for your quinceanera. But if you have your heart
set on white then perhaps consider an off white like ivory or cream
white. Peach is another beautiful color.
You should also chose the color according to your skin tone. For example, if you have light skin, then it is often better to go for a dress with more color rather than a plain white or a shade of gray as that could make you look more pale. But I would not rely on a list of color rules you find on the internet because everyone is slightly different. The best thing is to go to a boutique and compare the different colors against your skin tone and get other opinions too.
There are so many beautiful quinceaneras dresses to choose from. It might be a difficult choice but it's a really fun choice too so good luck and enjoy.